The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Percussion Ensemble, Orff Arrangement and Solo Marimba Sheet Music

“The Lion Sleeps Tonight” is widely known by The Tokens, the American vocal group singing in the African-American style called “woo-dop”. In our days it became popular from Disney’s animated film The Lion King. Its composer is the South African musician Solomon Popoli Linda.

Τhe original name of the song was Mbube, which in Zulu -the language in which Linda wrote the song – means “lion”. The first record was released by Linda for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939. The English lyrics were written by George David Weiss. It is in 1960 that The Tokens recorded it under the title “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, which became a No.1 hit in the U.S.A.

Apart from The Tokens many other artists adapted the song, sometimes under the tittle “Wimoweh”. Among them are Yma Sumac, Brian Eno, The Mavericks, Billy Joel & Jimmy Fallon, Passengers, Henri Salavdor, Jimmy Dorsey, Kingston Trio and many others.

On this page you can find a percussion ensemble arrangement, an easier Orff arrangement, solo marimba sheet music and Printable PDF files for free download.

 

Arrangement Details

As you have already seen, here you’ll find a percussion arrangement, an easier Orff arrangement, and sheet music for solo marimba (or glockenspiel / xylophone). The arrangements are in C major, in 3/4 meter and at easy-intermediate level.

The percussion arrangement available here includes the following instruments:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • Vibraphone
  • Marimba (2 players)
  • Maracas
  • Claves
  • Cymbals
  • Vibraslap
  • Timpani

The Orff arrangement, respectively, includes:

  • Soprano Glockenspiel
  • Alto Metallophone
  • Soprano Xylophone
  • Alto Xylophone
  • Bass Xylophone
  • Contra Bass Bar
  • Maracas
  • Claves
  • Cymbals
  • Vibraslap
  • Timpani

 

The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Percussion Ensemble Free Sheet Music PDF

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Percussion Ensemble Arrangement Sound file

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Orff Arrangement Free Sheet Music PDF

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Orff Arrangement Sound file

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Solo Marimba Free Sheet Music PDF

One marimba for three musicians! We are sure that you’ll enjoy this score.

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Solo Marimba Sound file

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight –  Video (The Tokens)

 

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